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AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
Happy Thanksgiving!

Daily Report - Thursday, November 25, 1999 -

Auckland, NZ

Well its that time of year again to be thankful for our forefathers who founded our (well at least most of ours) beautiful country, The United States of America. A time to eat mass quantities of turkey and mashed potatoes with friends and family. When I was abruptly awakened this morning at 6:00 am by that beautiful beeping sound, the first thing that came to my mind was the sweet smell of pumpkin pie baking in the oven just like at home in Danville, CA. However, there was no pumpkin pie, after all, I am in Auckland, New Zealand. Then, when I wished everyone a happy Thanksgiving at breakfast this morning I realized I was the only American in the room.

Here at AmericaOne we are as busy as ever, working away even though its Thanksgiving Day. Today is a shore day - both USA 49 and USA 61 have been pulled out of the water for some general maintenance and fine tuning following the last few days of two boat testing. Tomorrow, we're back on the water so all the logistics are being taken care of today. To further the understanding of what is going on today, I have taken it upon myself to ask members of each department what their goal of the day is. Here are the responses:

- Ralfie, Greg and Curtis (rigging)- to get the masts as light as possible and to celebrate with the pilgrims.
- Craig (sail loft) - leave with a smile
- Josh (Boat Captain 61) - grow 4 inches (I won't go into depth on that one)
- Lexi (electronics) - to leave with a shorter list of things to do than when arrived this morning.
- G and Sting (machinists/boatbuilders) - eh ehh ah yahh (Translation - more sleep)
- Phil (grinder) - not to over achieve (grinders slogan or something?)
- Carter, Russ, Moose (trimmers) the slaughter of plump turkey
- Morgan Trubovich (NZ Native trimmer) protect the slaughter of plump turkey
- Sarah, Jane (housing/catering/clothing) to get all the boys fitted in their formal wear so they look good for the big night at the ball.
- Chris Todter (design) enjoy the day
- Morgan Larson (moral support) to start his own sailor's union
- Sam, Carianne and Ruby (front desk) to get the red button working that lets people in the front gate.
- Gina, and Jen, (marketing)-to get the daily report before 6:00 pm
- Mark, Harry, Chris (cooks) - trying to improve their meals everyday
- Chris Perkins (accounting) - wants to tryout for the sailing team to get out of the office.
- Chris Page (admin.) - steal cookies from a source that remains anonymous
- Donnie (tender ops) - spend time with the family (what a family man)
- Brad Fitzgerald (shore team)- not to kill anyone today, and to get off at a reasonable hour to celebrate with the Pilgrims.
- Hooky (sail designer) -not to get killed (little does he know his kids will take care of that tonight when he gets home)
- Buddha Bob (operations) to get Brad to tell him when the boats will be ready to launch (without being killed!)
- Danny, Ally, Ben, Michael, Briana and the rest of the kids - bummed they have to go to school on Thanksgiving.

So there you have it. Work as usual and tomorrow its back on the water for more testing. AmericaOne will have its Thanksgiving celebration on Saturday night so that everyone can enjoy turkey and all the fixings. We'll see how Mark, Harry, and Chris do with the bird, I'm sure it will come out just fine!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Will Benedict
AmericaOne Tender Operations

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